5/5 - Criminally Underrated Podcast Soon to Become One of Your Favorites
If Debatably Funny is representative of the direction the avant garde comedy-podcast scene is moving in, consider me fully on board. Debatably Funny is a demonstrably hilarious podcast that defies genre and theme and delivers gold on a weekly basis.
Hosts Keith Gilmore and Spenser Porter share the duties of MCing, waxing faux-etic, interviewing characters, performing as characters, bringing to life brief written "sketches," and building worlds from scratch with words. Recurring segments and character studies serve as the clean plate for their bread and butter: off-the-cuff comedic exploration.
The cheekily titled segments---such as, "Watercooler Masterclass," where the duo "watch" and "explain" a movie (read: skim a trailer and extrapolate wildly) to keep you up on what everyone will be talking about at work on Monday and "Agree to Diss; Agree?," where they decide whether or not to agree on whether they want to diss something (yes, it's that convoluted)---show Keith and Spenser at their creative best. Character "interviews" develop with the expert pace of a Wagner composition and crescendo with the force of an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Although this show's format does not reinvent the wheel, it introduces novelty in all of the right places. Absent are cliches, cheap laughs, and lazy writing. Each new episode pops with brightness of a spring flower. Fans of Earwolf podcasts in particular will find much to love here; the rapport of Keith and Spenser is reminiscent of the best interplay of Scott Aukerman and Paul F. Tompkins in Comedy Bang Bang. Their cracking at each other's jokes and at keynotes of shared bits makes the high points land even higher.
Do yourself a favor and listen to Debatably Funny so that you can finally ask for yourself, "Was that podcast funny?" Here's hoping for much more to come.
-The Internet Podcast Critic